Host Lindsay Aerts talks with the author of a book called The Happy Mom Mindset to discuss the mom traps that many fall into, one of them is believing that we can make our kids happy and that having happy kids is a measure of success in motherhood. We all want our kids to be happy, but we aren't in control of their happiness, they are. Sometimes our kids aren't in a good mood, or are disappointed, or want to be frustrated and that says nothing about our parenting. If that's not the measure of a "good mom" then what is? Molly and Lindsay discuss how to know if you're doing a good job as a mother.
The author of The Happy Mom Mindset, Molly Claire, joins host Lindsay Aerts to talk about clearing up the thoughts that keep us stuck and not enjoying motherhood. They discuss mom traps that Molly writes about in her book like comparison, feeling like we have to do it all, and not taking care of ourselves, that may be keeping us stuck feeling overwhelmed and unhappy. They talk about how to get out of the trap of feeling like a victim of motherhood, meaning, if you feel like it isn't fair that you have to take care off everything for your family, or that all of it is on your shoulders, or I do so much and no one appreciates any of it, you might be in victim space without even knowing it. Listen to the following podcast also with Molly Claire where they talk about the mom trap of believing that you can make your kids happy, and that having happy children is a measure of success in motherhood. They also discuss how to determine if you're doing a good job as a mom.
Time Magazine recently published an article explaining the so called Goddess Myth of motherhood and how it could be hurting moms to believe that perfection in motherhood is possible. They site breastfeeding activists, hospitals, doctors, and "mommy shamers" as all part of promoting the problem. Host Lindsay Aerts discusses the article with emotional healer and author, Lindsay Maxfield. They discuss where this message is coming from and talk about what they see as solutions so you can avoid being hurt by it.
Women who've experienced a postpartum mood or anxiety disorder with any of their children are at an increased risk of having it again and that can make the thought of having another baby really scary. Host Lindsay Aerts talks with Anastasia Pollock of Lifestone Counseling about some of the fears around deciding to have another child after you've had postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD or psychosis.
Marriage researcher John Gottman says there are four negative communication styles that are the most destructive and biggest predictors of divorce and separation. He dubbed these, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. They are Criticism, Defensiveness, Contempt and Stonewalling. Host Lindsay Aerts talks with Know How Mom Georgia Anderson about what to do if you're seeing these show in up any of your relationships.
If a couple is dealing with infertility there may be many questions and emotions surrounding how to grow their family. How do I know if I should move on from trying to get pregnant? Is adoption the next step? Why do I feel so sad about my infertility? Host Lindsay Aerts talks with Camille Hawkins, LCSW and Executive Director of the Utah Infertility Resource Center about some of the losses of infertility and the process of deciding whether to move toward other ways of starting or adding to a family.
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and Host Lindsay Aerts talks with Krista Parry who lost a baby at six weeks and another at sixteen weeks. She shares her incredible story of healing after each loss. We talk with Monica Ashton of The Healing Group who specializes in perinatal loss about the grief process and healing from miscarriage or infant loss.
Host Lindsay Aerts talks with Dr. Julie Hanks of Wasatch Family Therapy about how worry isn't serving us in motherhood. We may think it's useful or helpful to worry but we'll explore ways that worry just leaves us stuck and how we can reduce worry in motherhood.
Host Lindsay Aerts interviews mom of three Cydni Beer for the special about Modern-day Motherhood Myths that aired during LDS General Conference. This is our raw and full conversation about her journey through motherhood, having placenta previa, prenatal depression as well as postpartum depression, and her desire to be stay-at-home mom.
Host Lindsay Aerts, explores modern-day motherhood myths; how social networking, media images, and other messages can make moms feel inadequate. She explores myths such as enjoying motherhood all the time, the myth that what you're seeing on TV and on social media is true to reality, and the myth that there's one right way to parent. She explores how these myths are widening the gap between what we think is possible in motherhood and how our lives really look and feel.
Host Lindsay Aerts interviews mom of two, author, and public speaker Ganel-Lyn Condie for the special about Modern-day Motherhood Myths that aired during LDS General Conference. This is our raw and full conversation about her decision to send a child to a charter school, judgements she got from other moms, the mom guilt she experiences, infertility, how social media plays a role in her expectations for motherhood and how she connects with her son on an LDS mission in Africa, and much much more.
Host Lindsay Aerts interviews a mom of three, Lindsay Maxfield, for the special about Modern-day Motherhood Myths that aired during LDS General Conference. This is the raw and full conversation about her journey of not enjoying motherhood, healing from traumatic emotional wounds, working versus not working and which role she liked more, advertisements that play into the myth of idyllic motherhood, and much more.
It's child passenger safety week and Safekids Worldwide has a campaign called Take Time to Tether. We talk with car seat expert Lorrie Walker about the importance of using the top tether on a forward facing car seat to keep your kids as safe as possible while riding in a car.
Ahead of KSL's week of programming about suicide prevention Host Lindsay Aerts talks about her experience with postpartum anxiety and OCD to raise more awareness of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. You'll hear Monica Ashton, Director of Maternal Mental Health at The Healing Group and Amy-Rose White, Director of the Utah Maternal Mental Health Collaborative share insights into the differences between postpartum depression, anxiety, OCD, PTSD, and Psychosis, and what things you can look out for to help a mom who may be in crisis.
Hear the incredible story of a mom who's daughter has hydrocephalus, an imbalance of fluid in the brain. Host Lindsay Aerts talks to her about her journey of finding out that her child has a chronic medical condition, how she learned to manage her new normal, and the hope she wants other moms to gain if they're going through something life-changing.
Host Lindsay Aerts interviews Abby Nani a mom of four from Salt Lake for the special about Modern-day Motherhood Myths that aired during LDS General Conference. This is the raw and full conversation about her journey of becoming a mom, having postpartum depression, how ads and media played a role in her feelings of inadequacy, how her in-laws criticized her parenting decisions, and much more!
Emotions drive just about all of our behavior, so, it makes sense then that for our kids, learning how to manage and validate their emotions will help with cracking the code to their behavior. Host Lindsay Aerts talks with Georgia Anderson of Know How Mom about Emotion Coaching.
How do you know when your teen's behavior is typical moodiness for their age or something more? We talk with licensed mental health councilor Anastasia Pollock of the Lifestone Center about how to spot depression in teens, how to approach your kids about it, and getting your child help if they're resisting.
Sleep is so precious as a parent, but often hard to come by. Baby and toddler sleep expert Marietta Paxson with Little Dreamers helps give us some tricks for less crying during crying it out, tips for getting kids to sleep later, getting newborns ready to sleep train, and how to lengthen nap time. If you're a sleep deprived mom, this episode is for you!
Research shows having kids is hard on marriages. Host Lindsay Aerts and the Director of Maternal Mental Health at the Healing Group talk about ways to keep the marriage a priority after having kids. Lindsay shares a story of her husband communicating his feelings of neglect after their baby was born.
Host Lindsay Aerts and FM100.3's Rebecca Cressman talk about how to have more fun with your kids. From the simple, everyday activities you can create for them to elaborate vacations and how to have a more fun mindset, motherhood can be hard work but they both agree they also want to enjoy it along the way.
Host Lindsay Aerts is finishing up a pretty intensive week of potty training her almost 3 year-old. She shares a few things she's learned about the process.
A study of 85,000 Norwegian mothers showed mothers' self-esteem decreased during pregnancy, increased after birth, and decreased again when the child was about six months old until around the age of three. Host Lindsay Aerts and Psychotherapist Kristin Hodson discuss the many aspects of having children that can play into mom's self-esteem.
Host Lindsay Aerts talks with Dr. Julie Hanks of Wasatch Family Therapy about how to be heard without being harsh in parenting. They talk about her book, The Assertiveness Guide for Women, how to practice a Gottman technique called the soft start, and how to recognize and tame a "Mom-ster" moment. If you want some tips for more peaceful mothering...this is your episode!